I've tried to temper my excitement so far this pre-season. This hasn't been easy, but tonight will go a long way in convincing me the 2009 Packers are for real.
Tonight's game against the Cardinals will be in my eyes the first real test of this season's team. It's the first time on the road, with some weather, and the starters playing at least the first half.
Here is what I am going to be looking for to solidify my belief that the Green Bay Packers are legit.
Can Al Harris take on a big? Not just any big either, the best big in the game Larry Fitzgerald. I am sure Charles Woodson will get his share of Fitz too, but if not, can Al Harris hold his own and will the new defensive scheme cater or inhibit Al's style of play.
Can we get a Bigby sighting please? So far, we haven't seen a whole lot out of Atari. Bigby was supposed to be the hard hitting missile ala Troy Polamalu in Dom Capers defense. To date, this hasn't been the case. Atari Bigby, please stand up.
What Poppinga will show up tonight? Was last week's ball hawking performance just an anomaly, or is Brady Poppinga finally for real? I have never really been on board the Poppinga bandwagon, and tonight will go a long way in deciphering exactly what we have at outside linebacker.
The kid has taken a ton of heat this week. Tonight may be Brohm's last stand. Can he man up in the face of adversity, or will he wilt under the pressure? Brian Brohm is playing for his future; will he show up to greet it?
Is Sutton the real deal? We will find out this evening as he gets time with the ones. The Packers haven't had a solid number two for quite some time. Does the rookie have what it takes?
Last season, I attacked the toughness of the Green Bay Packers. In 2008 we had a bunch of unemotional pansies hitting the field every week. This year, it seems we have fire, we have swagger, and we have toughness. Will that attitude continue? I hope so.
I don't know if I have ever been more excited for a pre-season game. Are the 2009 Green Bay Packers a force to be reckoned with? Tonight will go a long way in finding out that answer.
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Go Pack Go
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